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Pet Anesthesia

Pet Anesthesia from Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre in Winnipeg, MB

We're dedicated to serving your pet's health, from emergencies to their general wellness. Part of this mission means we want to empower you to feel confident, knowing that you're making the best possible decisions for your pet. We know that hearing "anesthesia" mentioned surrounding your pet's treatment can trigger worries. However, anesthesia is a powerful tool in medicine as long as it is safely administered by a professional. It can do everything from maximize your pet's comfort to increase their safety during procedures.

Below, you'll find some more details to consider about pet anesthesia. Remember, Bridgwater Veterinary clinic in Winnipeg, MB is dedicated to protecting your pet's wellness and resolving any concerns you may have.

dog getting ready for anesthesiaWhy Might Your Veterinarian Need to Administer Anesthesia?

Some procedures that might call for the use of pet anesthesia include dental work, surgery, and even some diagnostic imaging.

The Importance of Anesthesia 

There are a couple of critical ways in which pet anesthesia contributes to better healthcare:

  • Less pain - We want to make sure our pets experience as little pain as possible. Controlled administration of anesthesia safely reduces the experience of pain that your pet will have, particularly during a procedure.
  • Limited movement, higher accuracy - Surgical procedures in particular can become ineffective at best, dangerous at worst if your pet is free to move while the doctor is working. Imaging techniques similarly produce more accurate results if your pet is still, which in turn yields better diagnostic power and more positive outcomes.

How Is Pet Anesthesia Administered?

The most common way of administering pet anesthesia is what most of us think of when we hear the phrase "general anesthesia"; in particular it is when the patient is made unconscious for a controlled amount of time, usually by the use of drugs that depress nervous function and relax the muscles. This is generally administered intravenously. However, this is not the only form of pet anesthesia. 

  • A topical analgesic may be administered to reduce pain sensation in a region of the skin or teeth
  • Spinal anesthesia (e.g. epidural)  may be given to block pain in a specific part of the body without rendering the patient unconscious

Depending on the procedure warranting the anesthesia as well as your pet's health conditions - including any illnesses they may have, sensitivities, or history of problems with anesthesia - your veterinarian may choose one method of administration versus another.

Schedule an Appointment with Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre in Winnipeg Today!

If you are concerned about your pet's health, give us a call at (204) 452-0911 so we can find time to schedule an appointment.

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